Peugeot’s monstrous Pikes Peak racer is busy with the final testings and fine-tuning these days, before getting shipped over to Colorado to take part in the Race to the Clouds. Now sporting its official racing livery, the Peugeot 208 T16 PP is practicing on the high and twisty mountain roads of Mont Ventoux in Southern France.
The Ventoux road, one of the most legendary stages of the famous Tour de France cycle race, is pretty high and demanding, but still short of the altitude in Colorado. It did however give the T16 driver Sebastian Loeb a good idea on the enormity of the task ahead.
The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is powered by a bespoke 875 horsepower engine, mounted in the middle of a tubular chassis around a unique carbon fiber body that features massive splitters and spoilers just to keep this beast on the ground. That car has the perfect power to weight ratio of one to one, and is capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.8 seconds; 0.7 seconds faster than a Bugatti Veyron.